A pregnant woman was sitting on a park bench inside Kissena Park in Flushing when she was hit and killed by a falling tree on Sunday evening, August 4.
Witnesses say it was a horrible freak accident. Emergency responders rushed the woman, Yingyi Li, to New York Hospital Queens, but she was pronounced dead.
Residents nearby told reporters they were not surprised that the tree fell. They said that many trees in Kissena Park appear to be in bad condition. Residents believe park maintenance needs to be enforced on a regular basis so that these accidents don’t happen again.
NYC Park Advocates say this is the 12th incident involving a fallen tree branch or limb or an entire tree in the last few weeks. This incident is the only fatal one in these recent cases.
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